By Kandyce Hall |Opinions Editor|
Freshman year can be challenging. Everything is new, new school, new classes, and new friends.
As the quarter continues look to these tips to help you succeed in your freshman year. Each week a new tip will be discussed hope you find it helpful
One of the first decisions that every student will have to make is deciding whether they should rent or buy their textbooks.
Well I’m here to tell you that renting is the best way to go.
I spent nearly $400 on textbooks alone my first quarter in college because I chose to buy them all.
But, if I could do it all over again I would rent the books in a heartbeat. While the campus bookstore offers students the option of renting or buying many textbooks you should not limit yourself to only using their services.
There are many reliable and affordable rental companies that offer textbooks that would be needed in student classes. The books that are offered are also usually priced at a substantial lower amount than what you would pay if you were to buy them brand new.
Many students fall into the myth that you cannot write in a textbook unless you buy it.
However the facts tell us that rented textbooks can be treated as if they were your own. This means that students can both write and highlight in their rentals as long as no real physical damage is made to the book.
I’ve found it quite helpful to receive books that have been previously used because they generally have good highlights on the main points in the book.
These of course would be great when it comes to studying. One of the key points that every student should remember is to shop around. Do not just buy or rent the first book you see because you may find it somewhere else at a cheaper price. Also remember that most rental companies provide customers with a rental return period in which you can receive their money back. Many rental companies provide you with the option to rent for a quarter rather than semester saving you additional dollars as well.
A good majority of the rental book companies provide free shipping when a minimum total is reached.
Many people may say that they buy their books and will sell them after they use them, but I’m here to tell you that majority of people who sell their books back don’t even receive 50 percent of what they initially pay for them.
Realistically, the money that you would receive from selling your books back is what you would be saving if you rent you books, if not more. However, if you choose to purchase textbooks try purchasing used copies.
Used copies of textbooks are usually sold at a reduced price.
I would advise that you only purchase books that you will need in your major classes.
Keep a look out for more tips that will be coming soon.